Exhibitions - En recuerdo de Lorena Borjas (In Remembrance of Lorena Borjas)

Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo
En recuerdo de Lorena Borjas (In Remembrance of Lorena Borjas)

10.30.21 – 02.13.22

Year of Uncertainty (YoU)

A white exhibition wall with a series of objects on display. Starting on the left is a Mexican flag fashioned into a dress hanging on a clothes hanger. Centered, is a framed certificate, a framed portrait of Lorena Borjas, and a framed magazine cover featuring Lorena Borjas. On the right is a gold handbell sitting on a white, exhibition shelf. In front of the wall is a long, rectangular display case.

Image: Installation view, "Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo: En recuerdo de Lorena Borjas (In Remembrance of Lorena Borjas)", Queens Museum. Photo credit: Hai Zhang.

Year of Uncertainty Community Partner Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo presents In Remembrance of Lorena Borjas, an exhibition that commemorates the founder of Casa Trans, Lorena Borjas Community Fund and Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. She was a leader, known as the “trans Latina mother” of the Latinx community of Queens. Borjas helped establish sustainable resources that provided food, health, legal, and financial support to many trans-identifying individuals throughout Queens. Selections from her personal archive tell the story of her life in advocacy after coming to New York from Veracruz, Mexico in 1981. This exhibition aims to celebrate and place Lorena in a larger context and to remember her for courage and dedication to her trans and gender non-binary queer community.


Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo is a social organization, which works on the empowerment of human rights, access and comprehensive health care of Trans and Gender Non Binary (TransGNB) people, strengthening the social and cultural expression of diverse gender identities in New York City in order to guarantee our well-being and the right to a life free of all types of violence. Based in Jackson Heights, Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo was founded by TransLatina activist Lorena Borjas, who was known as the mother of the transgender Latinx community in Queens. Her untimely death in 2020 was caused by Covid19-related illness and is being mourned by the community at large.


The Year of Uncertainty artist residencies and community partnerships are made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Lambent Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.